The Washington Capitals have renewed their affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
“Our affiliation with South Carolina has been beneficial for the Capitals, our prospects and the Stingrays,” Washington vice president and general manager George McPhee said. “The city and the franchise have given our prospects a good place to play and develop as professionals.
Five Capitals prospects spent some time with South Carolina in 2009-10, as the Stingrays finished 41-19-6-6 and tied for the best record in the ECHL’s American Conference. Goaltender Braden Holtby began the season with the Stingrays and represented South Carolina in the ECHL All-Star Game, the second straight season that a Capitals goaltending prospect appeared in that game (Michal Neuvirth).
Ten players who have played for South Carolina are currently under contract with Washington: Trevor Bruess, Sean Collins, Joe Finley, Josh Godfrey, Andrew Gordon, Jake Hauswirth, Holtby, Patrick McNeill, Neuvirth and Steve Pinizzotto. Of those, Collins, Gordon and Neuvirth have all appeared at the NHL level with the Capitals.